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The Unlikely Romance of a Black Nurse and a German P.O.W. in World War II

Author Alexis Clark talks about her new book, Enemies in Love; the true story of a black nurse and a German P.O.W. who fell in love during World War Two.

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HEC Media Nominated for 17 Emmys, including Overall Excellence

Congratulations to all those nominated! HEC couldn’t carry out its mission to “strengthen the education, art, and cultural communities in the metropolitan area” without you and all our supporters! These nominations are for you, St. Louis! Arts/Entertainment- Program Feature Segment 15 Year-Old Short Film Director Kara Vaninger Brock Seals: New Artist, Old Soul Suzanne Vanderhoef, […]

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Maryville Talks Books: One on One with Dan Abrams

ABC News’ chief legal analyst and “Live PD” host Dan Abrams discusses his New York Times Bestselling book, “Lincoln’s Last Trial,” co-written with David Fisher.

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Jenna Fischer Shares Hollywood’s Secrets

St. Louis native Jenna Fischer reveals the “nitty gritty” of making it in Hollywood; it took her 8 years in LA to land the role of Pam Beesley on “The Office.”

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Maryville Talks Books: One on One with author Sarah Kendzior

An expert in authoritarian states, St. Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior reflects upon her collection of essays in her book, “The View from Flyover Country.”

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What to do in STL in June

Although there there are so many events and happenings taking place in June, we wanted to spotlight a few we are really excited about! To view all events, go to our events page, here. Edo Rosenblith at COCA | June 8 – Aug. 25 Israeli born, St. Louis-based artist Edo Rosenblith will guide COCA visitors […]

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A night of conversation, performance, poetry in St. Louis

Enjoy an evening of conversation, performance, and poetry with local and nationally renown poets and artists.

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Eleanor Roosevelt a romantic heroine in Amy Bloom’s new novel White Houses

Amy Bloom reveals “the kind of love that everybody hopes for” in White Houses, her novel about the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok.

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Perfect Timing with Daniel Pink

Author Daniel Pink enlightens us on how to have better timing in just about everything we do and all the decisions we make.

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Ann Leckie on SciFi stardom and why the hero of her new novel “Provenance” is just like us.

Ann Leckie talks SciFi stardom, the Imperial Radch and why the hero of her new novel, Provenance, is ‘just like us’.

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A Jellyfish Journey with Juli Berwald

Why should you care about jellyfish? Berwald explains her unusual journey to tell their fascinating story and how they could help us understand global warming.

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Maryville Talks Books: One on One with Scott Turow

Scott Turow’s new thriller, “Testimony,” resurrects the not-so-distant atrocities of the Bosnian War.

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One on One with Jen Sincero

Best-selling author and success coach Jen Sincero talks about her new book, “You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.”

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One on One with Rick Ankiel, “The Phenomenon”

Former St. Louis Cardinals baseball great Rick Ankiel discusses his new book, “The Phenomenon” – what got left out of its pages, the “yips,” & lessons learned.

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The Tale of Two Christinas: Christina Baker Kline and Christina Olson

New York Times Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline (“Orphan Train”) talks about her new novel “A Piece of the World,” her writing process and her success.

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So You Think You Know Joe Buck?

By Angie Weidinger, Host So, you think you know Joe Buck? The Fox Sports announcer who has called 19 World Series and five Super Bowls, was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball broadcaster before that, and the son of beloved Cardinals announcer Jack Buck? Well, Joe Buck would disagree with you. “People think they know me […]

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One on One with “Lucky Bastard” Joe Buck

“Lucky Bastard” Joe Buck discusses everything from his relationship with his dad Jack Buck to the worst call he ever made.

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The “Curious Science” of Mary Roach

Mary Roach discusses the “curious science” of writing multiple bestsellers – including her latest book, “Grunt.”

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Offerman says this book will “Explode the Planet”

Find out what book Offerman says will “Explode the Planet”

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Good Clean Fun with Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman loves woodworking just like his “Parks and Rec” character Ron Swanson. We discuss his woodshop, the Midwest and constantly being called “Ron.”

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One on One with Emma Donoghue

“Room” author Emma Donoghue talks about making movies, her Irish childhood and the inspiration behind her new novel “The Wonder.”

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One on One with Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his new book, “Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.”

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Maryville Talks Books: Fall 2016 Lineup

  Maryville Talks Books features lectures by noted authors. Admission is free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Seating is first come, first served. Maryville Talks Books is sponsored by HEC-TV, Left Bank Books and St. Louis Public Radio. Watch past Maryville Talks Books, here.   Emma Donoghue The Wonder Thursday, Oct. 11—7 p.m. […]

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Kwame Alexander: Keeping Poetry Cool

Many kids lose interest in reading around middle school. Author Kwame Alexander says he knows how to reengage them – poetry.

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Becoming Wise: One on One with Krista Tippett

NPR’s On Being host Krista Tippett discusses her latest book, the Black Lives Matter movement and parenting advice she wishes she had earlier in life.

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Ray Bradbury: One on One with Sam Weller

Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller talks about his literary idol – and why Bradbury’s work continues to resonate with readers.

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The Secret Chord: One on One with Geraldine Brooks

Author Geraldine Brooks talks about her new novel that reveals an interesting story about the harpist/warrior you thought you knew all about – King David.

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Saving Capitalism, For the Many, Not the Few: One on One with Robert Reich

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses his newest book, “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” about America’s widening income gap.

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Candid, Personal and Hilarious: One on One with Judy Blume

Her well-known characters Fudge and Margaret helped us through adolescence; now the incomparable Judy Blume is writing for us as adults.

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Maryville Talks Books with Judy Blume, author of “In the Unlikely Event”

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected […]

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Dead Wake: The Sinking of the Lusitania: One on One with Erik Larson

HEC-TV speaks with Erik Larson about his book Dead Wake:The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. The book examines the sinking of the ship during World War I.

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Telling a Forgotten Story: One on One with Blaine Harden

Author Blaine Harden explains how he used the courageous story of a former North Korean fighter pilot to animate the history of North Korea.

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The Fierce Urgency of Now: One on One with Julian Zelizer

Author Julian Zelizer reveals the inside story of LBJ’s presidency and the fight for Civil Rights in “The Fierce Urgency of Now.”

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Flesh and Blood: One on One With Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell’s character Kay Scarpetta is the focal point in novels that have sold over 100 million copies. Who is Patricia Cornwell? Find out on MTB.

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A Visit with Author Andy Cohen

Funny, shocking, brutally honest – fans can’t get enough of Andy Cohen. St. Louisans turn the table on this hometown boy turned talk show host.

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Orange is the New Black: One on One with Piper Kerman

Hear the true story behind the hit Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” from the woman who lived it, best-selling author Piper Kerman.

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Getting to Know Jesus of Nazareth: One on One with Reza Aslan

Author and religious scholar Reza Aslan asks how well do Christians really know Jesus of Nazareth in this candid conversation.

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The Trauma of Everyday Life: One on One with Mark Epstein

Author and renowned psychiatrist Mark Epstein talks about how understanding and accepting trauma can lead to personal growth and change.

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Mambo in Chinatown: One on One with Jean Kwok

Jean Kwok (“Girl in Translation”) returns to the secretive worlds of ballroom dancing and Chinatown in her new novel, “Mambo in Chinatown”.

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A Book of Treasures: One on One with Daniel James Brown

Author Daniel James Brown tells us how he discovered all the informational “treasures” throughout his heartwarming nonfiction “The Boys in the Boat.”

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Creativity for All: One on One with Austin Kleon

Author Austin Kleon discusses “Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered,” an illustrated guide to working in the digital age.

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Writing Lies: One on One with Dave Barry

Humorist Dave Barry talks with us about everything from Justin Bieber to his wife’s role in the popularity of the book “The Kite Runner.”

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks died from ovarian cancer in 1951, but her cells live on today. This interview explores Henrietta’s influence and the book and soon to be movie about her.

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The World Until Yesterday: One on One with Jared Diamond

Diamond draws on four decades of experiences with tribal people in New Guinea to bring us lessons from the past to be used today.

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This is the Story: One on One with Ann Patchett

Novelist Ann Patchett talks about “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage”, a collection of essays and articles about life, love, writing, and forgiveness.

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Kinsey & Sue: One on One with Sue Grafton

If you know Sue Grafton, then you also know Kinsey Millhone. The sharp-tongued, no frills private eye is back in “W is for Wasted,” the latest letter in Grafton’s best-selling “alphabet” mystery series. Find out why Grafton calls Kinsey her “alter ego” and why she’ll never expose her to the evils of Hollywood or menopause.

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The Warrior’s Heart: One on One with Eric Greitens Video Discussion Questions

This set of Video Discussion Questions accompanies Mr. Greitens’s book, The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage.

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Becoming a Writer: One on One with Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is known worldwide for his blockbuster, emotionally gripping novels, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed.  In this interview, get to know a different side of this bestselling author – his humorous side.  Plus, learn about his childhood and writing inspirations.

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation: One on One with Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and one of the stars of the documentary “Food, Inc.”, explains how clever marketing, social changes and even the rise of “foodie culture” are driving us out of the kitchen. His new book, “Cooked,” encourages us to find our way back.

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One on One with Elizabeth Strout

Novelist Elizabeth Strout talks candidly about writing, rejection, and the inspiration behind her newest novel, “The Burgess Boys.”

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One on One with Daniel Pink

Like it or not, we’re all in sales.  From trying to convince your boss to give you a raise to talking your kids into cleaning their rooms, you use sales tactics everyday.  This one on one with bestselling author Daniel Pink will give you tips on how to be more effective in everyday sales.

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One on One with Lisa Gardner

“Queen of Suspense” Lisa Gardner reveals some writing secrets, including how she develops plot twists, creates characters’ names and quirks, and how country walks inspire her.

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Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year: One on One with David Von Drehle

What was America’s most perilous year?  Find out why bestselling author David Von Drehle says it was 1862, and how President Abraham Lincoln successfully lead the nation out of danger and into the history books..

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One on One with Jon Meacham

Who was the most influential founding father? Author Jon Meacham gives insight into the intriguing, complicated, life of Thomas Jefferson.

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The Finish: Killing of Osama bin Laden: One on One with Mark Bowden

Many remember with extreme clarity the day the World Trade Center was attacked and the day Osama bin Laden was killed. But, the events that connect those two days are less clear for most Americans. Mark Bowden, the award winning author of Black Hawk Down, walks us through the development of new strategies and technology developed to track down this extreme terrorist in his latest book, The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. In this candid one on one conversation, Bowden reveals the research that went into his latest release, the risky aspects of the Abottabad mission and the secret behind his literary success.

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One Amazing Thing: One on One with Chitra Divakaruni

After penning her 17th book, award-winning author Chitra Divakaruni talks with HEC-TV about what inspired her most recently released novel One Amazing Thing.  The book’s characters will intrigue the reader with well-developed, thoughtful stories that are revealed as they struggle to survive following a deadly earthquake.  Divakaruni explores cultural differences and human behavior in an uncontrollable situation.  One Amazing Thing is an enjoyable, fast read as her characters’ stories have a broad range of emotions that will have readers crying on one page and laughing on another.  In this conversation, she reveals some secrets of the book as well as her One Amazing Thing.  

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The Warrior’s Heart: One on One with Eric Greitens

Author, photographer, and humanitarian Eric Greitens grew up in a quiet suburb of St. Louis, but he’s seen his share of the world’s suffering. After graduating from Parkway North, Greitens headed off to Duke University and a life of public service. He taught English in China, and worked with refugees in places like Rwanda, Croatia and Bosnia, where he came to the realization that victims of war need both compassion and protection. After receiving graduate degrees from Oxford University, he became a Navy SEAL and fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2007, he returned to St. Louis and founded The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that helps post-9/11 veterans continue to serve their communities. In this One on One Conversation, Greitens talks about his St. Louis childhood and the experiences that led him to write three books, including his new release for young adult readers, The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage. Based on Greiten’s best-selling memoir, The Heart and the Fist, The Warriors Heart is an inspiring “call to action” for young people who want to make a difference in the world.

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One on One with Bill Donius

Author and St. Louis native Bill Donius tells us about a method that can help you get those occasional "Aha moments" to happen much more frequently…a method that's as easy as switching your pen from one hand to the other.  He says it's all about learning how to use your whole brain, including your right brain – the side of your brain that's often ignored as left brain logic takes over answering most of our daily questions.  Donius says using your whole brain can change your perspectives, actions, habits and moods in revolutionary ways.  It was successful for hundreds of volunteers who tried it out before he wrote his book, Thought Revolution: How to Unlock Your Inner Genius; volunteers that included executives from Express Scripts, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Clear Channel Broadcasting.  Business leaders are now taking his findings into the workplace to try to unlock innovative ideas from the right hemisphere of employees' minds.

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One on One with Buzz Bissinger

He's known for giving an insider's in-depth look at sports; Cardinals baseball strategy with Three Nights in August (when he told the story of the 2003 three game series between the Cardinals and Cubs from Tony LaRussa's perspective) and the intensity of high school football in Friday Night Lights. But, recently Buzz Bissinger turned the pen on himself and wrote Father's Day – a raw look at raising premature twins, one of which has brain damage. In this conversation, Bissinger not only talks about a poignant moment at Six Flags St. Louis featured in that new book, he discusses Cardinal nation (made up of what he calls the "Best fans in baseball"), recent changes in the Cardinals clubhouse (and where he thinks Albert Pujols should've went) and the unusual evolution of the care of premature babies. It's an intriguing talk that has multiple connections to Missouri, especially St. Louis.

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One on One with Frank Deford

When you cover sports for more than fifty years, you see a lot of changes. It's that experience that's given Emmy award and Peabody award winning Frank Deford a perspective on sports that can be duplicated by none other. This one-one-one conversation with the Sports Illustrated writer, NPR commentator and HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumble contributor is informational, entertaining and intriguing with stories about sports greats Arthur Ashe and Wilt Chamberlain as well as insight into the future of journalism and interestingly enough, the recent tattoo craze.

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We Can All Do Better: One on One with Senator Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley former US Senator and NBA Hall-of- Famer discusses his book and his athletic and political life.

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Lisa See

New York Times Bestselling author, Lisa See talks about her historical novels.

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A Visit with Author Lisa See

Lisa See author of “Shanghai Girls” and “Dreams of Joy” discusses her latest novels and answers questions.

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Sister Madonna Buder

Saint Louis native Sister Madonna Buder still runs triathlons in her 80s

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Luis Urrea

In this conversation with author Luis Alberto Urrea about his two novels "The Hummingbird's Daughter" and "Queen of America" based on life of Teresita Urrea.

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A Visit with Author Luis Urrea

Author Luis Alberto Urrea humorously draws audience members into his personal journey to connect with his own history in "The Hummingbird's Daughter" and "Queen of America."

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Howard Markel

interview with New York Times Bestselling author Howard Markel discusses history of and problems with cocaine use

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Jean Kwok

New York Times Best-seller author Jean Kwok shares her personal story with host Brenda Madden

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A Visit with Author Jean Kwok

New York Times Best-seller author Jean Kwok shares her personal story with students at Maryville University.

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Stacy Schiff

Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff discusses her bestselling biography “Cleopatra: A Life.”

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A Visit with Author Stacy Schiff

In this addition of Maryville Talks Books, Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff discusses bestselling biography "Cleopatra: A Life."

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Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson; discusses his New York Times Best Selling book Robopocalypse

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A Visit with Author Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson’s brilliantly conceived futuristic novel, Robopocalypse tells a captivating tale of man versus machine that is sure to grip your imagination

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Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin discusses his blockbuster hit and New York Times bestseller, “The Passage.”

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The Passage: A Visit with Author Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin's hit novel The Passage is a breathtaking tale of catastrophe and survival that he discusses in this edition of Maryville Talks Books.

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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Visit with Author Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand visits Maryville Talks Books

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Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson provided lively, humorous commentary about how her novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

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